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Prof comm in EN -- learning autonomously, defined here as "learning outside a traditional classroom".
The main objective of this course is to help you do three things:
This first session is obligatory, and will explain the parameters for this course. After the first obligatory session, you will build your own path and make your own decisions.
The first session is obligatory. Subsequent sessions are walk in. That is, you come as many times as you wish, at programmed walk-in sessions - see timetable.
However, before the exam session in May, you must have previously attended at least two additional walk-in sessions. Detailed requirements are provided here. See timetable for available walk-in sessions.
Do NOT send your proposal by email. It will not be validated. To validate your proposal, the only way is to come to a walk-in session; it cannot be done by email. See the proposal page.
Your proposal must be done according to the specifications given on the proposal page. Your proposal must be done using a word processor; a hand-written proposal is not acceptable. Your proposal must follow the guide provided on the proposal page.
Your proposal must be validated before you can go ahead and do it. Without explicit validation of your proposal, your project will not be valid. To validate your proposal, the only way is to come to a walk-in session; it cannot be done by email. If some members of your group are not able to come, that is not entirely satisfactory, but it will work.
Your proposal must be done according to the specifications given on the proposal page. Your proposal must be done using a word processor; a hand-written proposal is not acceptable.
Progress. If I have already seen and approved your proposal, then you must come to show the progress that you have made.
If you have already completed your project (and you have shown me your proposal and seen me about your progress), then you need to wait until I give instructions on how to write your portfolio.
Peace and survival of life on Earth as we know it are threatened by human activities that lack a commitment to humanitarian values. Destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed, and a lack of respect for the Earth's living things... . It is not difficult to forgive destruction in the past, which resulted from ignorance. Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. Clearly this is a pivotal generation... . Our marvels of science and technology are matched if not outweighed by many current tragedies, including human starvation in some parts of the world, and extinction of other life forms... . We have the capability and responsibility. We must act before it is too late. Tenzin Gyatso the fourteenth Dalai Lama.